James Dondero is a successful businessman who earned his Bachelor of Science degree in both accounting and finances. It was his education at the University of Virginia’s School of Commerce that landed James his first significant job in the finance industry; JP Morgan Chase & Company hired him on in 1984 to work on a financial training program. The program came to be such a success that, in merely a year’s time, James would find himself accepting his dream job at American Express. Read this article at barrons.com. It was here that James Dondero would genuinely start to blossom as an alternative credit manager; Between the years of 1985 and 1989, James managed $1 billion in fixed income funds. It was in 1989 that Protective Life would give James the opportunity to advance his career even further, by offering him the role of Chief Investment Officer for their GIC Subsidiary. Mr. Dondero’s reputation as an alternative credit manager became well known throughout the industry as he turned the mere concept of a company, to a $2 billion success story with his expertise and guidance. In 1993, James would reach the peak of success as he Co-founded and accepted the role of President of Highland Capital Managment, and investment firm headquartered in his hometown of Dallas, Texas.
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One might think that he would be quite happy with his success, though it was never the plan to become successful; James always longed to give back to his community. Although Highland Capital Management keeps him busy enough, Mr. James Dondero makes sure to spend time doing his philanthropic work as well. The charity team at Highland Capital Management, assist James with finding organizations in the area that promise to give something of value back to the community. A recent example of the generosity shown by Highland Capital Management and James Dondero is the $1 million donation to the Dallas Zoo so that they could begin to rebuild their new hippo habitat. Nearly two decades ago, in 2001, the Zoo said goodbye to their eldest hippo, Papa, when he died of old age. Now, thanks to the help of several local philanthropists and James Dondero, the Zoo was able to accumulate the necessary $14 million to reopen the habitat. Read more about James at Crunchbase.